‘What’s Happening!!’ Child Star Danielle Spencer-David Shine’s a Light on Breast Cancer

Proceeds from Spencer-David’s Aromatics by Danielle Line to Benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Online PR News – 16-October-2016 – Richmond, VA – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign that raises awareness about the disease that afflicts 1 in 8 women in her lifetime. Actress and breast cancer survivor Danielle Spencer-David, who recently was honored by President Barack Obama as the first African American child actress to be inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is taking an active role in supporting others who are battling the disease by teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

From October through December 2016, she will donate a portion of the proceeds from her newly created candle line Aromatics By Danielle, directly to NBCF.

The candles, which are handcrafted by a candle artisan at Harbor Mill Candle Company, will be available starting the first week of October.

“I am passionate about giving back and feel my candles are symbolic of my journey with breast cancer,” states Spencer-David, who is perhaps best known for her iconic role as Dee Thomas, the bratty and sassy younger sister on ABC’s hit 70’s comedy “What’s Happening!!”

“The Citrine and Azurite gemstones that atop every Forever Candles by Danielle serves as a reminder to us all that we are all precious gems before we go through any trials. The fire is simply a refining process that allows us to build character, integrity, honesty, strength and love.”

Spencer-David was first diagnosed with benign stage 2 breast cancer in 2014 at age 48. Initially, she felt a lump in her right breast which a mammogram confirmed. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She is now cancer-free.

“I was in total shock when the doctor told me that I had breast cancer, but I knew I needed to have the will to live if I was going to get through it,” said Spencer-David, who had been vigilant with getting annual mammograms since her late thirties. “As a breast cancer survivor, I know how grueling the disease can be on a person’s physical and emotional well-being; I want to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to those who are struggling with this disease or know someone who is.”

No stranger to physical and emotional challenges, Spencer-David’s life was dramatically altered in 1977, when at the young age of 12, she suffered a car crash that killed her step-father and left her in a coma for three weeks along with broken bones in her leg, arm, and pelvis. Nearly three decades later, she began experiencing symptoms of weakness in her legs, which impaired her ability to walk. After undergoing an unsuccessful surgery to remove a disc due to a spinal cord injury, Spencer-David was left temporarily paralyzed for eight months. This caused her to suffer from serious depression during this period. Today she uses crutches to aid her when walking.

“I openly share what I have endured throughout my life’s journey because I want people to know that if I can get through it, so can they,” states Spencer-David. “It is all about moving forward and living the best life we can no matter what we are dealt. It is about thriving, not just surviving.”

For more information about Danielle Spencer-David, please visit www.daniellespencerworld.com
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